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Countdown is on for National Dementia Carers’ Day 2017

12 August 2017

The efforts of thousands of ‘hidden’ carers across the UK who are supporting someone close to them who has dementia, will again be highlighted as part of National Dementia Carers’ Day (Sunday 10 September 2017).

Now in its third year and falling within Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the national day was introduced to recognise and celebrate informal dementia carers, while highlighting what it means to be a carer.

The focus of this year’s campaign is ‘Sharing’. Carers are invited to connect and share their experiences, tips and stories; while members of the public are encouraged to get involved by sharing their appreciation for a dementia carer they know.

Support organisations, charities and community groups are also being urged to get behind the campaign by spreading awareness and helping to signpost local sources of advice and support using ‪#‎NDCD17‬. ‬‬‬‬‬

According to Alzheimer’s Research:

• There are currently around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, who are being cared for by 700,000 informal carers

• Over a third of the population (38%) know a family member or close friend living with dementia

• 39% of informal carers are estimated to spend more than 100 hours per week caring for the person with dementia

• 61.1% say they have had no or not enough support

“When you’re caring for a loved one with dementia the world can be a very lonely place sometimes and as the disease progresses new challenges can often arise,” commented Nicki Bones from SweetTree Home Care Services, one of the founders of the day.

“Raising awareness is vital if we are to build dementia-friendly communities. That’s why we came together with Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK to launch National Dementia Carers’ Day and we’re delighted that support continues to grow for the campaign year on year.”

Nicki continued: “We want to help bring people together and to recognise the innovative care that is being provided every single day by informal carers – care which often goes unseen. Families need to know that they’re not alone and what advice and support is available to them.”

For more information about the day and to get involved, visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/NationalDementiaCarersDay or tweet us @Dementia_Carers using ‪#‎NDCD17‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Advice for anyone concerned about dementia

7 September 2016

People living in North London who have concerns or questions about dementia are invited to drop by the O2 Centre for some free expert advice.

Dementia specialists, including an Admiral Nurse, will be manning an advice stand next to the entrance to Sainsbury’s, on Friday 9 September, between 10am – 5pm.

In honour of National Dementia Carers’ Day 2016, the team will be offering advice and guidance to anyone who is concerned about any aspect of dementia, whether for themselves or if they are worried about a friend or relative. They will be able to offer reassurance and guidance, and to point people in the direction of local support services and further information.

Admiral Nurse Rikki Lorenti, who will be attending on the day, commented: “We would welcome anyone who is worried about memory problems, a diagnosis of dementia, or who is caring for someone with dementia, to pop along and see us.”

He continued: “There are many challenges that can arise along the dementia journey, including diagnosis, decisions over support and care provision and feelings of loss and bereavement as the condition progresses. One of the most important things that families can do is to keep talking. Make sure you have a support network in place and plan ahead, as it can really help. Remember you are not alone, there are organisations out there that understand and can help and support you.”

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, two thirds of which are living and being supported within the community. Now in its third year, National Dementia Carers’ Day (NDCD) was introduced to recognise the efforts of the thousands of people across the UK who are caring for someone close to them who has dementia.

Taking place on Sunday 11 September 2016, this year’s campaign is encouraging members of the public to show their support for a dementia carer they know. This may be by sending them a card, buying them flowers, cooking them lunch or generally doing something to ‘show a carer you care’.

Community groups, charities and support groups are invited to share details of any local events they are holding to mark the national day, using #NDCD2016. Informal carers can also share their experiences and any advice they have for other carers, through the website.

Barry Sweetbaum, founder of SweetTree Home Care Services, shares his views of National Dementia Carers’ Day

30 August 2016

“National Dementia Carers’ Day is designed to highlight the efforts of these often forgotten or taken for granted carers. By taking the time to recognise and celebrate the care they provide, we can show family and informal carers that they are not alone. Bringing people together in this way and raising awareness for dementia is vital if we are to build stronger, dementia-friendly communities where individuals and families feel supported and that they are not alone.”

Hilda Hayo, chief executive of Dementia UK shares her views of National Dementia Carers Day

3 September 2015

A third of people with dementia in the UK are living within the community, which means thousands of families and friends are supporting someone close to them with this devastating disease.

“The progressive nature of dementia means it can often be challenging and for many carers lead to feelings of isolation. By coming together to share experiences and ideas we hope to show families that they are not alone and to highlight those areas where extra support is urgently needed. This falls strongly in line with Government moves to ensure that informal dementia carers receive the emotional and psychological support they need.”